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The plight of Nominated MCAs, women in politics

At one particular time, they were stripped of lucrative committee positions and were now at loggerheads with their 55 elected counterparts leading to a deepened division in the County assembly of Nakuru.

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A section of Nakuru Nominated MCAs outside Nakuru Law Courts on 29th July 2019.PHOTO/Esekon.

It is a requirement within the law for political parties to ensure women are nominated to meet the two third gender representation in County assemblies, National and Senate.

However, nominated Members of County assemblies have continued to face numerous challenges despite the law being in place.

In Nakuru County for instance, nominated MCAs in the second assembly since the inception of devolution have had it tough in the House.

At one particular time, they were stripped of lucrative committee positions and were now at loggerheads with their 55 elected counterparts leading to a deepened division in the County assembly of Nakuru.

The matter was taken to court through the help of National Gender and Equality Commission and the court rule in their favor leading to their reinstatement in various committees

Nominated MCA Alice Kering attributes the suffering of the nominated MCAs to the fact that majority of the Nominated MCAs have continued to be seen as the voice of the vulnerable in the society leading to their popularity growth.

Kering, who is also the Minority Whip having been nominated by the ODM party, says the male counterparts have continued to demoralize their spirit of service to the people.

She notes that for them in politics, they have received all sorts of humiliation especially during campaigns from their male counterparts.

“For women in politics, it is not easy especially in this patriarchal society and the male chauvinism. During campaigns, men try to brand us with all sorts of names. During politics women and girls are at risk” she said.

Kering confirmed to this writer that some senior party officials take advantage of women with some requesting for sexual favors in order to get nominations.

This, she says has seen a number of nominated MCAs being falsely branded names as they are seen as sex tools.

She is however quick to note, such ills can be addressed through a collective responsibility where rights of women in politics are safeguarded.

“We have had problems even in the assembly with some of us being branded as sex tools. I think it is high time that we respect women in politics and strive to safeguard their rights” she said.

But despite the many challenges that they are facing in the political arena, the Nominated MCAs in Nakuru have continued to go about with their charity work despite having no kitty as compared to their elected counterparts.

Under their caucus, they have been able to distribute sanitary towels as well as reach out with donations to the vulnerable in the society.

Dundori’s Nominated MCA Rose Njoroge states, “We cannot be silenced by our male counterparts and we shall do all we can to reach out to the vulnerable in the society” she said.

As an indicator that they are in support of their fellow women in leadership, during the impeachment motion against the then Roads Executive Lucy Wanjiku, they stood against the motion despite their number not making it for her.

Besides the nominated MCAs, generally women in the political field have continued to experience worst scenarios.

In the just concluded  party primaries, Nakuru Town West UDA’s parliamentary aspirant Francisca Kamuren told journalists how she was humiliated and her supporters allegedly threatened by her competitors on the day they were to come out and vote.

She noted that the chaos caused by ‘paid youths’ was not good for her political space leading to her losing in the primaries to her competitor.

“I cannot accept the outcome of the whole exercise as it was marred with various irregularities” she said.

In a separate interview, Grace Karuga who is in the race for the Nakuru Town East Parliamentary seat on a Kanu ticket says women in the political arena face a lot of challenges.

Karuga who seems to be the only female in the race for the seat that has attracted several male politicians including Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Joel MainaKairu, former Nakuru Mayor Benson Mwangi and the incumbent David Gikaria, says women in politics should be fully supported.

According to her, many women in politics lack the financial muscles and their security is at threat.

“For any woman in politics, the field is not easy. Our male counterparts have all the resources and muscles” she said.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Njoro MP Charity Kathambi who went against all odds to defeat male counterparts in the UDA Party primaries.

Kathambi who is serving her first term says she has been able to counter all the propaganda and stereotypes bestowed upon her by her male competitors.

“Politics is not easy especially when you are a woman but I have put on the full armor to fight it out with my male counterparts. I thank the people of Njoro for having faith in me” said Kathambi after clinching the UDA ticket.

They are just but a voice of the many women in politics who have continued to go through hardship conditions to make in the field that is male dominated.

Faith Muiruri, a consultant with African Woman and Child Feature Service says the society should embrace women in political space.

Speaking in Nakuru during a sensitization workshop for journalists on sensitive reporting during the election period, Muiruri also appealed to Journalists to be champions towards safeguarding the rights of women who venture into politics.

“My appeal to journalists to be in the forefront in safeguarding the rights of women in politics. Give them that space to air their views and what they are going through” she said.

Similar sentiments echoed by Peter Rono from Centre for Transformational Leadership- an organization that is currently implementing a project dubbed ‘TUSHIRIKI’ with an aim of ensuring women, youth, persons living with disability and minority groups are included in the political process.

Rono says the project also targets Political parties to ensure women get their slots when it comes to nominations as outlined in the Constitution.

“We just want to ensure that women get the slots meant for them and this we can only achieve if we involve the political parties” said Rono.

This even as it manifests as a plus to women in politics as Independent, Electoral and Boundaries Commission-IEBC has called on political parties to ensure that they adhere to the two-thirds Gender Rule.

Chair WafulaChebukati says those that will not adhere to the same in the nomination lists risk being locked out of the August 9 Polls.


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List of newly elected MCAs in Nakuru County

The following are the Nakuru County elected MCAs following the 9th August General elections. The United Democratic Alliance party (UDA) got the most number of seats at 39

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The new County Asssembly of Nakuru chambers

The following are the Nakuru County elected MCAs following the 9th August General elections. The United Democratic Alliance party (UDA) got the most number of seats at 39. The Jubilee party managed 6 seats, while the Safina party won 1 seat. Seven of the MCAs were elected as independent candidates. Out of the 55 elected MCAs, 8 are women.

Naivasha Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. Maiella – Gituku Jane Wanjiru (UDA)
  2. 2. Naivasha East – Stanley Karanja (UDA)
  3. 3. Maai Mahiu – Eliud Kamau Chege (UDA)
  4. 4. Biashara – Elijah Mwaura (UDA)
  5. 5. Viwandani – Mwangi Muraya (UDA)
  6. 6. Lakeview – Alex Mbugua (UDA)
  7. 7. Hellsgate – Virginia Gichanga (Jubilee)
  8. 8. Ol’Karia – Peter Wanjala Palang’a (ODM)

Gilgil Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 9. Gilgil – Rose Njoroge (UDA)
  2. 10. Malewa – Francis Mungai Kuria (UDA)
  3. 11. Eburru Baruk – Michael Gathanwa (UDA)
  4. 12. Elementaita – George Nene (Safina)
  5. 13. Morendat – Peter Njoroge (UDA)

Subukia Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 14. Subukia – Isabella Makori (UDA)
  2. 15. Waseges – Elijah Murage (Independent)
  3. 16. Kabazi – George Talam (UDA)

Bahati Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 17. Bahati – Grace Mwathi (UDA)
  2. 18. Kabatini – Leah Ng’ang’a (Independent)
  3. 19. Kiamaina – Paul Waweru Warege (Ka Wambui) (UDA)
  4. 20. Dundori – James Gathuita Mwangi (UDA)
  5. 21. Lanet Umoja -Mwangi Ngarama (UDA)

Nakuru Town East Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 22. Nakuru East – Anthony Kamau (UDA)
  2. 23. Menengai – Wilson Mwangi (Jubilee)
  3. 24. Flamingo – David Kihumba Muraya (Independent)
  4. 25. Biashara – Fadhili Msuri (UDA)
  5. 26. Kivumbini – Neto Sakwa Alukutsa (Independent)

Nakuru Town West Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 27. Rhoda – John Macharia (UDA)
  2. 28. London – Benard Gattuso (Jubilee)
  3. 29. Barut – Ben Kirui (UDA)
  4. 30. Kapkures – Robert Ruto (UDA)
  5. 31. Kaptembwa – Peter Kanjwang’ (ODM)
  6. 32. Shabaab – Macharia Wathiai (UDA)

Rongai Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 33.Solai – Nixon Morogo (Independent)
  2. 34. Soin – Ellibas Naburuki (Degualle) (UDA)
  3. 35. Mosop – Dr. Alex Lang’at (UDA)
  4. 36. Menengai West – Isaac Kiptisya Rottok (UDA)
  5. 37. Visoi – Hellen Chemutai (UDA)

Njoro Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 38. Njoro – Hezy Ndung’u (Independent)
  2. 39. Nessuit – Samuel Tonui (UDA)
  3. 40. Mauche – Moses Koros (UDA)
  4. 41. Mau Narok – Cyrus Dida (UDA)
  5. 42. Kihingo – Simon Kamau Karanja (Jubilee)
  6. 43. Lare – Phillip Wanjohi (Jubilee)

Molo Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 44. Molo – Joseph Ngware (UDA)
  2. 45. Marioshoni – Ben Lang’at (UDA)
  3. 46. Elburgon – David Njuguna (Independent)
  4. 47. Turi – John Mwangi Macharia (Jubilee)

Kuresoi South Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 48. Keringet – William Mutai (UDA)
  2. 49. Tinet – Paul Lang’at Alvin (Drilit) (UDA)
  3. 51. Kiptangich – Rose Mutai (UDA)
  4. 52. Amalo – Robert Lang’at (UDA)

Kuresoi North Constituency UDA MCA nominees

  1. 53. Sirikwa – Emmanuel Lang’at (UDA)
  2. 54. Kamara – Joseph Kipng’etich (Chemutwet) (UDA)
  3. 55. Kiptororo – Alex Bor (Kipyek) (UDA)


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Nakuru to host World Bee Day celebrations

The Apimondia Regional Commission (ARC) President, Mr David Mukomana, in a statement, said the three-day program will include technical tours to see beekeeping within Nakuru County and any other areas, exhibitions, seminars and the actual celebrations.

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Bees on a honey comb

Nakuru City will this year host the Regional World Bee Day (WBD) celebrations from the 18th – to the 20th of May 2022.

The yearly event is commemorated to raise awareness about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity in food security, global hunger eradication, and environmental and biodiversity conservation.

Under the theme; “Bee engaged: Celebrating the contribution of bees to the environment, food security and income generation to mankind.”

The forum will share knowledge from across the world, and draw the attention of the public and decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees as well as halting the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems following the Paris Agreement.

FAO estimates that bees contribute to the pollination of food worth between $ 235 and $ 580 billion every year and that their decline continues to strain food systems.

Intensive farming practices, excessive use of agrochemicals, habitat loss, and adverse effects of climate among other issues have been identified as key hindrances causing the depopulation of bees and loss of colonies.

With such challenges, there is a need to come up with solutions that are resistive to the increasing bee population globally.

According to FAO, Kenya ranks third in Africa after Tanzania which is the largest producer of honey and produces approximately 31,405 tonnes annually while Angola ranks second producing about 23,500 tonnes annually.

As of 2020, Kenya’s production of honey was at 17,801 tonnes, up from 13,877 tonnes the previous year, this is a change of 28.28%.

Speaking during a past apiculture stakeholders’ workshop, State Department for Livestock Production Principal Secretary, Mr Harry Kimtai, expressed concern that new pests and farm pesticides have hit colonies hard.

“We’re collaborating with devolved units to halt the alarming depletion of bee colonies. Bee colony multiplication initiatives include capacity building, beekeeping equipment distribution, and bee bulking,” revealed PS Kimtai.

Despite the potential of honey production and the benefits of apicultural activity, very little income accrues from the activity.

The government in its progress, in the Big Four Agenda on 100% food and nutrition security, is committed to enhancing honey production from 25,000 tonnes to 38,000 tonnes by the year 2022.

Beekeeping offers an alternative source of livelihood and protects biodiversity and should ideally be established away from human interaction with enough bee forage and all-year-round availability of water to provide favourable conditions for beekeeping.

Nakuru County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Immaculate Maina, says that, ‘’bees have become increasingly endangered with one million species facing extinction. Thus, beekeeping should be embraced as an alternative environmentally friendly income-earning enterprise.”

‘’We hope that by hosting this event, we will be able to proactively assist in the opening up of our county by giving marketing opportunities and investment prospects in the apiculture industry,” Dr Maina noted.

“We also anticipate important topics discussed during the three-day forum, such as the role of women in the sector as those most affected by climate change, solutions to save our bee species from extinction, and how we can continue to rely on pollinators to save us from the current climate crisis,” she concluded.

Acting CEO of the Apiculture Platform of Kenya (APK), Mr Frederick Otieno Odera, says that beekeeping has significant potential in Africa to improve rural incomes and diversify livelihoods.

“We hope the commemoration of the National World Bee Day will showcase new technologies and sustainable measures from across the world in the apiculture industry and provide sustainable solutions to save our bees in the current climate crisis,” said Otieno.

The Apimondia Regional Commission (ARC) President, Mr David Mukomana, in a statement, said the three-day program will include technical tours to see beekeeping within Nakuru County and any other areas, exhibitions, seminars and the actual celebrations.

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Governor Kinyanjui drops deputy, picks Kamuren as running mate

The county is a cosmopolitan city and was the headquarters of the Rift Valley province under the old Constitution.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has dropped his Deputy of five years and named a woman running mate ahead of the August 2022 polls.

Kinyanjui, who is gunning for a second and final term in office, dropped Dr Eric Kipkoech in favour of Ms Franciscar Jelagat Kamuren.

He explained that Kamuren, 47, is an accomplished grassroots mobilizer with a strong passion for community development and was picked after wide consultation.

“Äfter long consultations with diverse stakeholders, I have decided to appoint Ms Franciscar Jelagat Kamuren as running mate for my second term bid,” Kinyanjui said.

The nominee holds a Masters’s degree in linguistics from Egerton University and has served in various capacities.

The governor is seeking to defend his seat via the ruling Jubilee party ticket under the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition.

He is however facing stiff competition from the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Susan Kihika, who is the current Senator for Nakuru and his appointment is seen as a tactic to woo the women vote.

His announcement comes hours after Kihika unveiled her running mate in a press conference from Nakuru.

Kihika picked David Kones as the man to deputize her after an interview that attracted half a dozen candidates.

The senator, who is a staunch supporter of Deputy President William Ruto was handed a direct ticket.

Nakuru is among the largest counties in Kenya and was recently conferred city status by President Uhuru Kenyatta, making it the fourth city in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu.

The county is a cosmopolitan city and was the headquarters of the Rift Valley province under the old Constitution.

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